South Carolina resident Annie Dillard is an accomplished businesswoman and a cosmetologist who owns her own hair salon, but a few years ago, she yearned for something more. So she decided to go back to school and go through a liberal arts program. And at 92-years-old she did it. She walked across the stage and accepted her degree. But this is nothing new to Dillard
Her daughter, Gail, who happens to be a doctor, says this is Dillard’s 4th college degree.
Dillard was the first to walk the stage during the ceremony on Wednesday to pick up her new Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. She even arrived 1.5 hours early in anticipation of the big event.
“They told me to get here at 5:30, but I like to be on time, so I got here at 4 o’clock,” she said.
But she is not done with just four degrees. She begins work on her next diploma later this month. This time, she wants to earn her fifth college degree in childhood education.
I’ve known Mrs. Dillard for a number of years, almost since she’s started at the college and I’ve been really, really pleased with her progress,” said Ronald Rhames, President of Midlands Technical College. “She would be on campus always smiling, always willing to talk with people.”
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